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Action Heroes With Financial Troubles

In its heyday, the action movie sold two hours of rollicking summertime fun to audiences at the nation’s multiplexes.

The massively successful genre evolved over the course of the 1980s and made superstars out of its leading men, people like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whose hyper-violent contributions to cinema were lapped up by an eager public.

But times change and so do public tastes, and the action movie eventually lost its status as the summer event film, consigning many of its stars to direct-to-video purgatory.

What follows is a list of the fifteen action movie stars who fell from box office dominance to the lowest rung on the ladder. Some recovered and are still working today, while others will be lucky to ever make another movie again. But what they all have in common is dazzling success in the action genre, followed by crushing failure.

Click ahead to see the 15 action movie stars who got their financial butts kicked.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 29 Nov 2010

Columbia Pictures